This Day in History

January 16

The 18th Amendment

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors–ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. Prohibition was ratified by the states on January 16, 1919 and officially went into effect on January 17, 1920, with the passage of the Volstead Act. Despite the new legislation, Prohibition was difficult to enforce. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor (known as “bootlegging”), the proliferation of speakeasies (illegal drinking spots) and the accompanying rise in gang violence and other crimes led to waning support for Prohibition by the end of the 1920s. In early 1933, Congress adopted a resolution proposing a 21st Amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the 18th. The 21st Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933, ending Prohibition.

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Operation Dessert Storm

At midnight in Iraq, the United Nations deadline for the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait expires, and the Pentagon prepares to commence offensive operations to forcibly eject Iraq from its five-month occupation of its oil-rich neighbor.

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Hitler descends into his bunker

1945 – Adolf Hitler retreats to his underground bunker, where he will remain until his suicide, 105 days later.

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Space Shuttle Columbia Launches Final Mission

STS-107 was the disastrous 113th flight of the Space Shuttle program, and the 28th and final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 16 January 2003 and during its 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds in orbit conducted a multitude of international scientific experiments.[1]

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Happy Birthday John Carpenter

American Oscar-winning film director. John Carpenter is best known for the Halloween movie franchise and numerous low-budget cult classics. He was born on January 16, 1948
Carpenter made the original Halloween (1978) for $300,000. It grossed more than $65 million in its initial release, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. It was also Jamie Lee Curtis‘ film debut.
Film: Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

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